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The Daily Dispatch: March 19, 1863., [Electronic resource], Crops — impressments — Military Affairs in the Valley — the severe winter — Court days. (search)
Crops — impressments — Military Affairs in the Valley — the severe winter — Court days. [correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] Harrisonburg, Va., March 16, 1863. From the severity of the past winter we are led to conclude that the season for all crops will be a very favorable one. It is true, not much wheat was put in the ground lest fall, owing to the long continued dry weather; but what there was planted will undoubtedly produce largely, giving nearly as much as usual. But what we will lack in wheat will be more than made up in the larger quantity of corn. The farmers are preparing, in the Valley generally I believe, for planting as much corn as possibly can be attended to. Some of our oldest citizens and most experienced farmers say that they have never known it to fail that good crops would follow a snowy winter. If there is any virtue in snow then we have been greatly blessed, for we have had twenty one so far and it may be we shall have more, as we have not pa